Adams challenges Taoiseach on crisis in the north
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD today raised the Assembly debate on the Welfare Reform Bill and the crisis in the north with the Taoiseach in the Dáil.
The Sinn Féin leader called on the Taoiseach to meet with the British Prime Minister David Cameron about the failure of that government to honour outstanding Good Friday Agreement commitments, its cuts to welfare payments, as well as its future planned cuts to the North’s budget.
In response, the Taoiseach confirmed that he is scheduled to meet Mr. Cameron in advance of the EU leaders meeting in June and he will raise concerns about the crisis in the North’s institutions.
Teacha Adams said:
“In the Programme for Government, and in the Statement of Government Priorities last year, the Irish government reaffirmed its support for the full implementation of all aspects of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements.
“As the Taoiseach is aware, there are significant elements of the various Agreements which have not been implemented, including the introduction of a Bill of Rights and an Acht na Gaeilge.
“The British government has also threatened to scrap the Human Rights Act which is an integral part of the Good Friday Agreement structure.
“Today, the Assembly is debating the so-called Welfare Reform Bill. The crisis in the North’s institutions is not solely due to threatened cuts to welfare payments.
“The greater crisis comes from the British Tory governments recent and planned cuts to the North’s budget. Sinn Féin and the SDLP have taken steps to block the current Bill but this is only a short term measure.
“The Taoiseach must engage directly with the British Prime Minister David Cameron and remind him that the Good Friday Agreement is a binding international treaty and that the commitments entered into must be implemented.”